I just added 11 new seagull prints to the store and I have to say I love how they turned out! I know seagulls are everywhere and not considered anything special, but I love them and am fascinated by how smart they are. I can spend hours watching them go about their business and interacting with each other. They definitely seem have distinct personalities, sometimes almost terrier or cat-like, curious but still on guard. I’m always honored when they feel safe enough around me to stay and pose for a picture.
I call them seagulls although technically there is no such thing as a “seagull”, only different species of gulls. The ones I see most often up here on Cape Ann are Herring Gulls (the “classic seagull”), bossy but beautiful Great Black-backed Gulls (the largest gull in the world!), and the daintier, cute Ring-Billed Gulls.
I photographed all the birds in this series at Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Seagull identification can be tricky, especially when they are young, but I’m fairly certain that most of the images are of either first spring or second winter Ring-billed gulls, and a few are second winter Herring gulls.
The images are all traditional photographs, but I love the dreamlike quality of watercolors and have photographed and developed them in such a way that they look more like watercolor paintings than photographs.
I’m really excited about these new seagull prints and can’t wait to hear what you think!